Director: Cade Thomas
Writer: Cade Thomas (Screenplay)
Starring: Joseph Beard, Matthew Brown, Hannah Gray, Debbi Tucker
Plot: Ribbon tells the story of two siblings who face adulthood and compete in a ribbon dancing competition at a local dying mall in this comedic look at modern corporate America.
Runtime: 1 Hour
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Story: Ribbon starts as Michael (Beard) needs to let his sister Maggie (Gray) stay in his apartment, while she looks to get her feet back on the ground, trying to push her into finding a job. When Maggie enters herself into a Ribbon dancing competition, she befriends homeless woman Pearl (Tucker) who claims to know how to dance.
As Michael gets tired of Maggie’s schemes, he pushes her away while dealing with his new boss, while Maggie continues to let Pearl walk over her.
Thoughts on Ribbon
Thoughts – Ribbon is a drama that shows a pair of siblings that are going through different stages of their lives, with Michael dealing with changes at work, while Maggie doesn’t want to accept going into the adulthood stage of her life. It will cause friction between the pair, as they will get to learn important life lessons for the both of them. This is a low budget film that will use the next to no budget to give us the full character development, with the two supporting characters having just as much of an impact on the leads after coming into their lives. This story will have plenty of messages about finding your place in the world, learning what is important going forward and taking the chases given too you.
Final Thoughts – Ribbon is a nice life drama about siblings finding their place in the world.
Writer: Steven Knight (Screenplay)
Starring: Eric Bana, Rebecca Hall, Jim Broadbent, Julia Stiles, Ciaran Hinds, Riz Ahmend
Plot: A high-profile terrorism case unexpectedly binds together two ex-lovers on the defense team – testing the limits of their loyalties and placing their lives in jeopardy.
Tagline – They see your every move
Runtime: 1 Hour 36 Minutes
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Verdict: Tidy Thriller
Story: Closed Circuit starts with a terrorist attack in London, with the prime suspect locked away before trial, Attorney General (Broadbent) has promised two trials, one for the murders and one secret trial which can’t be heard by the public. Martin Rose (Bana) is taking on the case after the original lawyer’s suicide, he must work with Devlin (Hinds) and on the secret side of the case Claudia Simmons-Howe (Hall) who has always followed in her father’s footsteps with her career.
While Claudia and Martin did once have a relationship, which could compromise the case, they have agreed to have zero contact, like the law states. When the pair start their own investigations, they both learn that not everything is the truth and must do the right thing to stay out of the cover up themselves.
Thoughts on Closed Circuit
Characters – Martin Rose is a lawyer bought in to defend the terrorist suspect, it looks like an easy case to start with, he must put his personal mistakes behind him, then decide whether to us the truth which would put his own life in danger and even expose the weaknesses behind the British Intelligence agency. Claudia Simmons-Howe is on the secret defence trial, she and Martin did once have an affair, which should compromise their positions in the case, she is willing to try and fight for the truth more than Martin, as she learns about the consequences that come from trying to get to the truth. The Attorney General just wants a quick case that will put the guilty person in jail for the action. Devlin is the man that is allowed to connect the two lawyers, he is always calm and knows his place in the case.
Performances – Eric Bana in the leading role does seem to be putting on an Orlando Bloom accent through the film, which is strange, but otherwise he does well in the leading role, next to Rebecca Hall that is flawless as always. Jim Broadbent and Ciaran Hinds are always a joy to watch, this is no different, with the supporting cast never looking out of place here either.
Story – The story here follows two different defence lawyers that are trying to defend a suspect in a terrorist attack, one for public court, the other for secret court, only for the truth to be a lot more alarming as the investigation puts in a different direction. This story shows how the legal response to a terrorist attack would unfold, where a government will always look for a quick answer instead of admitting their own mistakes. We get plenty of twists and turns along the way, which will give us the truth about everything that has happened.
Crime/Mystery – The crime side of this movie focuses on the aftermath of the terrorist attack, which seems pretty much cut and dry, until the truth is revealed behind everything, showing how some people can use the criminal actions to cover up the truth, which does come with the mystery behind what might have happened and why it unfolded the way it does.
Settings – We use London as the only setting here, we get the attack here, with the cover up nature behind it, showing how a busy city will try to cover up everything.
Scene of the Movie – The secret court case.
Final Thoughts – This is a thriller that shows us just how governments will want to cut off the long investigation when it comes from a terrorist attack on a country.
Overall: Impressive thriller.